No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly claims to have been “poisoned and robbed” before a recent live show.
The group, consisting of Thursday singer Rickly and former members of Lostprophets, were scheduled to play Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg on Friday (September 25) but were forced to cancel their appearance after Rickly fell ill.
Writing on Instagram, Rickly wrote, “Just a little note to say that I was poisoned & robbed (outside our @reeperbahn_festival venue on Friday) and spent the night in the hospital in Hamburg. I’m recovering and will be in Paris tonight.”
He continued, “Sorry to anyone that was at our show for the cancellation. The outpouring of love & support for @collectrecords @nodevotionband & @normanbrannon @shaundurkan is nothing short of remarkable.”
Reeperbahn Festival takes place on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, a street known as being part of the city’s red-light district. AltPress write, “Seasoned travellers say these types of crimes (poisoning someone’s drink and then waiting for the effects to kick in order to rob them) targeting tourists are quite frequent.”
Rickly recently made headlines after his label Collect Records severed ties with their key investor Martin Shkreli, who was criticised after he bought the rights to life-saving drug Daraprim and significantly increasing the cost for users.
Shkreli’s company Turing Pharmaceuticals was criticised after it purchased the rights to Daraprim and raised the cost of the drug by 5,000 per cent – from $13.50 a tablet to $750. Daraprim is a medication used to help treat malaria and infections suffered by HIV-positive patients.
Collect Records is run by No Devotion and Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly. Music fan Shkreli was recently revealed to be a major investor behind the label. Following the uproar, Collect Records issued a statement confirming that they have parted ways with Shkreli.